Q & A
Regional Award Winner
Laura Bebchik obtained her degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires in 1985. She emigrated to the US in 1987 where she started her specialization in Interiors and particularly in high end kitchen design. She worked for various German Manufacturers of kitchen cabinetry developing a unique attention to detail and ample knowledge of coordination of cabinetry with high end appliances.
In 1995 she returned to Buenos Aires where she founded with Luis Bebchik euroconcepts, an exclusive interior high end retailer of German, Italian & American made products. During 8 years she developed a very successful business that catered the majority of the High End projects developed in the nineties in South America. In 2002 she returned to the US where she founded with Luis hausscape, a retailer of luxury products specializing in kitchen design.
Regional Award Winner
After attending studies of Civil Engineering at the Technion in Israel, Luis Bebchik obtained his degree in Architecture form the University of Buenos Aires in 1985. He taught in the university for 3 years and participated in several architectural competitions and diverse Residential and Commercial projects. He emigrated to the US in 1987 where he learned the fundamentals of the architectural practice in America.
In 1990 he established his architectural office in Great Neck, NY where he developed a prolific production in Residential Architecture and Interior Design. In 1995 he returned to Buenos Aires where he founded with Laura Bebchik euroconcepts, an exclusive interior high end retailer of German, Italian & American made products.
During 8 years he developed a very successful business that catered the majority of the High End projects developed in the nineties in South America. From Multifamily Luxury condominiums to the most elegant mansions in Buenos Aires, Punta del Este or Sao Paulo, Luis was the reference for high end interior finishes and became consultant to the most sophisticated Interior Designers.
In 2002 he returned to the US where he established his professional practice in Miami, Florida. During the last 10 years Luis was involved in large scale Residential Projects in the Caribbean and luxury residences in Miami.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Our architectural background, we are both graduate architects from the School of Architecture of Buenos Aires, is the basis of our work. Having this background will help us understand the deep complexities of the kitchen spaces. Understanding function, ergonometric and nature of materials comes way before any consideration is made regarding style, atmosphere and "looks". European design has always been our source of inspiration when it comes to defining our style.
How do you approach the design process?
Again, our architectural background and more specifically the "idea of space", helps us as a guidance in our design process. We need to have a thorough understanding of the space as whole, before we start designing. Sketching freehand and doodling possible functional arrangements is the basis of our design process. We can’t avoid getting involved in how the 3rd dimension will be part of the design. Kitchen design is not only about covering walls with cabinets. We need to see our concepts create a space and not only a utilitarian sequence of boxes.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
We try to always maintain the amount of materials added in the space, to a minimum. Two or three materials are enough to make a space elegant and distinct. Straight lines, long runs and never curves are some of the rules we have when we design a kitchen space.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
In these times of overexposure to information, our value is to synthesize the myriad of ideas a client comes with, in a meeting. More and more we see clients with comments like "we are confused we don’t know what to do"… Screening the abundance of information and guiding the client through the selection of materials, appliances and organizing their space is our most important value.